Have you ever felt like hiding? Maybe some of you have heard the story of Gideon, one of Israel’s judges who ruled during a lawless time. As a child, I learned how Gideon fearfully hid from invaders at the bottom of a winepress (Judges 6-8).

Yet lately, I’ve been looking at Gideon’s story through a different lens: hiding and being hidden are not the same thing. The finished work of Jesus gave us a beautiful spiritual reality known as “hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).

But hiding? Hiding is often a human reaction to fear and insecurity.

And this is exactly where we find Gideon when God knocks on the door of his hiding heart, and says, “Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you! (Judges 6:14)

How do we move from hiding into the adventure of faith? To begin, I believe we ask God to give grace to our “go.” Just ask Gideon. When the Lord commands Gideon to “go with the strength you have,” we might be tempted to imagine Gideon mustering his small strength for God. Or we might see this command as a “It’s time to man-up” locker-room speech from his coach.

But let’s face it: Gideon didn’t really have any personal strength of his own. Instead, I believe God was saying to him, “Go in the strength you don’t yet know you have—a strength you’ll discover on the way.”

We see this same strength in Jesus’ words to Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). God did not say that He made His strength slightly stronger or better. Instead, He makes His strength perfect—whole and complete—in our deepest weaknesses.

As a result, Paul cries out in response, “That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work worth through me” (2 Corinthians 12:10). What if our weaknesses led us to worship rather than worry, especially in a culture bent toward strength and perfection?

Let’s face it. Our culture tempts us to boast about our strengths and accomplishments rather than our weaknesses or wounds. Honestly, I have never once posted online, “When I speak, I feel like I am going to toss my cookies! Drop a heart!” I’m not saying that we should post every vulnerable experience, but the point is: we’re expected to curate all of the highlights of our lives for public consumption.

And yet, it is our weakness that draws God’s strength. The longer I walk with Jesus, the more I believe that He makes far more use of my consecrated weaknesses than He does of my strengths.

When the noise quiets inside, I hear God’s invitation: Come out of hiding.

Go in the strength you have that you don’t fully know you have yet—a more confident, secured strength than you ever dared to dream of because its very source is Me.

Friend, insecurity doesn’t have the final say over your life; Jesus does. And in Him, you’re going to make it—eternally secure and safe.

In Jesus, we don’t have to hide anymore. Just ask Gideon.

*For deeper reflection, listen to Judges 6 today!

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Adapted From: Seen, Secure, Free: How a Life Hidden With Christ Strengthens and Transforms You. W Publishing, 2024; All Rights Reserved

I hate being uncomfortable. I’m the girl who immediately changes out of her cute clothes as soon as I get home and into my comfy T-shirt.

Yet, as believers, we aren’t promised a comfortable life.

In fact, Jesus warns us in John 16:33, “Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows.” The good news is found at the end of that same verse, when He says, “But, take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Friends, we already know the ending. We know that Jesus wins and we will spend eternity with Him.

However, it is the here and now that leaves us struggling as we face our troubles.

It is so much easier to turn to something physical for comfort than to God. But that comfort will not last.

When I was in college, I frequently turned to porn to numb any of my negative feelings. I left awkward social gatherings without any friends to go back to my dorm. I looked at porn and masturbated to escape the deep loneliness I felt.

Porn never cured my loneliness.

In fact, I felt more lonely afterwards because I was craving deep intimacy with God and others. If you feel discomfort, you may also turn to porn. Or you might instead become numb by binge-watching TV shows, mindlessly scrolling on social media or comfort eating.

Here are two practical ways you can turn to God in your discomfort:

1) Learn to sit in your discomfort. Sitting in this way is an important muscle to develop. One way is to journal ALL of your thoughts and feelings.

Give yourself permission to cry and to admit feeling overwhelmed, lonely, or anxious. Instead of denying your feelings, turn them over God. Write them down as a prayer to God, or pray them out loud.

2) Worship God with music and prayer.

Listening to worship music often gives you a fresh perspective. It focuses you more on the beauty of God and less on your pain and suffering.

Worship also allows you to express affection for your Savior. It is how you show Him admiration, love, thankfulness, and praise. When you make worshiping God a daily priority, your relationship with God will grow in intimacy. When you feel close to God, you tend to focus less on your troubles. When your God is big, your worries feel small.

A close friend once encouraged me, “I can choose to wallow in my suffering and feel sad, isolated, and hurt. But when I choose to rise above, it is amazing the strength I receive from my Lord. I put on worship music. I sing, pray, and memorize Scripture. The choice is yours. God will give you the strength you need.”

As we practice this act of daily surrender and learn to sit in our discomfort, we will exercise this much-needed muscle. This action may feel difficult now, but over time, it will get easier as we grow in intimacy and trust with the Lord.

*For further reflection, listen to John 16 today.

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